I have just returned from a wonderful week in Dubrovnik, please see my previous blog post ‘Beautiful Dubrovnik’ to find out about the amazing GF food I found there. But the restaurants weren’t the only place I found GF; our accommodation Hotel Ariston turned out to be an excellent place to stay with a variety of GF foods available (pasta, bread, cereals etc) and allergy symbols on the menus in their restaurant.
Hotel Ariston is one of 4 hotels in the Importanne Resort located in the picturesque Babin Kuk area of Dubrovnik. As we arrived at lunchtime we went straight to the Restaurant Zoe and as I scoured the menu I spotted the golden ‘Gluten Free’ symbols all over the menu and I almost jumped for joy! It made it so easy when choosing dishes to know exactly what was gluten free.
Off the lunch menu you can choose from a selection of pastas, risottos, salads, soup, fish and seafood and what’s more, they even have gluten free bread to serve with it!
I tried both of the pasta dishes from the lunch menu: the ‘Pasta with Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce and Sun Dried Tomatoes’ (above) and the ‘Tricolore Rice Pasta with Smoked Salmon, Cream, Pesto and Fennel’ (below). They tasted very good especially the blue cheese pasta (heaven) and even though they came in quite small portion sizes they were both rich dishes so you didn’t need more plus there was a side of gluten free bread if you were still hungry. I also tried the seafood risotto one day which was lighter than the pasta dishes with a nice flavour but it didn’t have as much seafood as I would like, but still good!
If you want something lighter you can choose from a Greek Salad or a Prawn Salad. I had the Greek Salad one day which came with plenty of feta and a nice dressing. The Prawns and Rosemary were my favourite dish I had at Restaurant Zoe– huge king prawns in a rosemary and garlic marinade served with a creamy sun dried tomato dip, they tasted as good as they sound and well worth trying! (First photo on the blog)
Make sure you ask the waiter what the soup of the day is as the majority were gluten free and again can be served with GF bread. Some flavours available are tomato, fish soup, beef (without the noodles) and vegetable which make a nice light lunch.
Unfortunately and regrettably we didn’t eat dinner here in the evening as there are just so many restaurants to choose from in Lapad or the Old Town and we had already had our lunch there most days. The dinner menu had lots more gluten free options such as risottos, monkfish, octopus salad, rack of lamb and stuffed turkey breasts.
If you opt for the bed and breakfast option (very advisable!) you get to help your self to the superb breakfast buffet in the mornings. It has a wide range of food both continental (fruit, cheeses hams etc) and lots of cooked food plus an a la carte menu for hot breakfasts like omelettes and poached eggs. Whats more, there is even a dedicated gluten free area in the breakfast hall with gluten free bread, numerous cereals, rice cakes, muesli and crispbreads far away from any wheat based products. For lactose intolerance and allergies they also cater for this with oat, soya and rice milk. This is the first time I have stayed in a hotel with its own dedicated area for gluten free and I was hugely impressed and will most certainly be visiting this excellent resort in the future!